December 10 HR Meeting Explores “The Need to Push Pause” and Other Questions About Wellness

Posted on November 25, 2020 By

What does it mean to live a healthy, happy life during a pandemic; and why even try? Join JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources) professionals for a Zoom meeting, open to the public, December 10 from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. Because of this challenging time, JSAHR is offering this session as complimentary.

Lauren Yellin Weinberg, MS, NBC-HWC (National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching), will conduct an interactive workshop about living well in body, mind and spirit; and staying engaged, happy, and productive in one’s personal and professional life in spite of this year’s challenges to resilience, increased stress, and health issues. This session will also explore the effects of working remotely, and juggling obligations in new and challenging ways.

Please consider making a donation to the SHRM Foundation before December 10. Anyone making a donation will be entered into a drawing for a chance to wind a gift basket from Suzi’s Sweet Shop, Route 35, Middletown, or a ticket to JSAHR’s virtual Wine & Cheese Pairing Event, December 17, 2020.

To make a donation and to receive the Zoom link, register online at or email or call JSAHR at 732-701-7155.

JSAHR, a SHRM affiliated chapter, is a Platinum Excel award winner of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management.) This program is pending one (1) SHRM and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit.

About the Speaker: Lauren Yellin Weinberg refers to herself as a life architect because she partners with busy professionals to design a life that integrates their needs with life’s challenging demands. As a wellness coach with a background as a psychologist and family therapist, she recognizes the power of healthy habits to fuel both personal and business success. Contact Lauren through


Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services Joins ECF to Deliver Thanksgiving Food

Posted on November 20, 2020 By

Since 2007, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, has delivered or shipped traditional Thanksgiving food to families involved with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF). The unprepared holiday food includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and milk, among other items.

ECF is a not-for-profit organization that provides specialized services, at no charge, to any N.J. family who is caring for a child with cancer. ECF services include counseling; emergency financial aid; and material support, such as food, for families in crisis.

Joann Passantino, ECF executive director, said, “The goal of ECF is to help families handle the enormous demands of caring for a child with cancer and to provide support to everyone in the household, for as long as they need us, whether one month or ten years. In each of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s 37 years, we have heard heart-breaking stories of fear and suffering, and heart-warming messages of gratitude for our assistance; this confirms the need for our services and inspires us every day to make sure we have the resources to continue our vital work.”

For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at or visit for more information.

Photo: (Courtesy of Jaeden Prince’s mom) Thirteen-year-old Jaeden Prince, North Plainfield, enjoys a holiday meal from ECF and Preferred. Jaeden has brain cancer and suffers many side effects.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.


Great, Great-grandson of Charles Dickens Streams a Christmas Carol as a Fundraiser for The Strand Theater

Posted on November 19, 2020 By

The great-great grandson of literary icon Charles Dickens will be performing and streaming his captivating rendition of A Christmas Carol, a heartwarming holiday tale, November 26 through December 31 as a fundraiser and holiday show for the historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J.

This unforgettable one-man show, a great family tradition and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season, has recently been captured on film for all of his fans to enjoy – streaming exclusively on

Gerald will take you on the magical journey of Ebenezer Scrooge’s heartfelt transformation by acting out all 26 characters in this favorite holiday tale. He has created different postures and voices for each character, achieving this so adeptly that the audience has no doubt about “who is who,” so to speak.

Gerald Dickens bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867, reading his literary works before spellbound audiences. The historians report that A Christmas Carol was his favorite piece to perform.

According to Gerald, his great-great grandfather adored theater and initially wanted to be an actor but pursued writing as a career for practical purposes. For many years Gerald says that he himself “avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague.” But in 1993 when a friend asked him to do a reading of A Christmas Carol on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for a historical restoration project, he couldn’t turn him down. To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it and has been delighting audiences around the world with his rendition ever since.

Tickets that will benefit the Strand are $20 and are available at Rent this inspirational performance in the comfort of your home — Available on any internet-connected device that is compatible with Vimeo. Contact Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 for more information.


December 9 Online Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on November 18, 2020 By

Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for the December 9 Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. The Adler Aphasia Center is hosting the December virtual meeting.

The N.J. Health Care Networking Group provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to N.J. Health Care Networking Group’s website, all health care and marketing events, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.

The Adler Aphasia Center, Maywood, N.J., provides a comprehensive therapeutic environment of innovative programs for people with aphasia, difficulty in communicating because of brain damage, such as a stroke, head injury, tumor, or disease. The Adler Aphasia Center is staffed by licensed speech language pathologists and trained professionals. Through life skill activities that focus on conversation and communication, the arts, fitness, technology and more, our program helps our members improve their communication skills; exercise their cognitive skills; build their self-esteem and confidence; make new social connections; and enhance their quality of life.

To register, email and you will receive the Zoom code to join the December 9 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.


Lakewood Middle School Students Donate $850 to the Strand

Posted on November 18, 2020 By

Students from the Lakewood Middle School (LMS) donated $850 to the Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Avenue, as their way of expressing their thanks to the Strand for its continued support of their middle school band, orchestra, choral concerts; and dramatic performances.
To raise money, students decided to “dress down” on a designated day and pay a $1.00 donation. Students usually wear a navy polo and khaki pants each day to school, according to dress code policy of the Lakewood school district.

Richard Goldstein, the principal of the Lakewood Middle School, said that the dress code policy is one that students and their parents feel is important. “When I first became principal,” Goldstein said, “the survey I sent to parents and students was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the dress code policy because it eliminates clothing competition among the students.”

According to Goldstein, students wanted to donate to the Strand because they have an interest in the performing arts. The Strand has always been generous in donating space for student
performances. Students and staff members also recognize that the Strand is a National Historic Landmark right here in Lakewood, and they feel strongly about supporting it.”

Glenn Harrison, president of the board of directors of Strand Ventures, said, “We are extremely grateful to the Lakewood Middle School students and staff members for their support. The members of the board send their heartfelt thanks for their donation. It means a lot to everyone and to the town.”

The Strand is a not-for-profit organization and relies on the generosity of the community and patrons to offset expenses to keep this National Historic Landmark open, especially during this difficult time. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www. and click the donate button on the left, or go to the drop-down menu. Also, donors can make out a check to Strand Ventures and mail it to Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701.


President of Shore Creative Group Appointed to the Board of MODC

Posted on November 10, 2020 By

Mike Ciavolino, the CEO of the marketing agency Shore Creative Group, Oceanport, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of MODC (Monmouth Ocean Development Council), Wall Township, for a three-year term.

Ciavolino, the president Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) for the past two years, also serves on the social media committee of the National Association of Healthcare Recruitment (NAHCR). With more than 30 years of experience in recruitment branding and marketing on a national level, Ciavolino has conducted symposiums and workshops for HR leaders on such topics as employer branding and recruitment marketing, and has spoken at the conferences of Garden State SHRM and NAHCR.

He is the author of a weekly blog that provides recruitment solutions for hospitals and health systems. He also co-hosts The Talent Brand Show, a weekly podcast dedicated to healthcare recruitment and talent acquisition for hospitals and health systems. (
He is a member of NAHCR, SHRM, and CRA (Corporate Resource Alliance). He and his wife Laura are parents of 15-year-old triplets. Ciavolino is about to release his book Autastic, which is written for parents of special needs children.

About Shore Creative Group: Shore Creative Group is an advertising and marketing firm whose services include advertising, branding, search engine marketing, social media, email marketing, Web design, and video marketing. Visit or call 908-675-1146 for more information, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Preferred Home Health Care Announces New Regional Manager

Posted on November 10, 2020 By

Chris Maloney, Rockaway, N.J., has been promoted to Northern New Jersey regional manager for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. As regional manager, Maloney will oversee the operations and employees of the South Orange, Elmwood Park, and Jersey City offices of Preferred.

After graduating from Kings College, Pennsylvania, in 2008 with a B.A. in criminal justice and sociology, Maloney worked for four years at Lincare, a national Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company. He then worked for several home care companies until he joined Preferred in 2018 as a client services manager where he focused on achieving better client outcomes. Maloney is a member of the NJ Home Care Association.

Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Herman said, “With our growing presence in Northern N.J., Chris is the ideal candidate to help that area blossom in the years ahead. Congratulations Chris, and thank you for your continued and dedicated support of our company as we work hard to execute our long-term vision of growing into a regional home health care and medical equipment powerhouse.”

Outside of Preferred, Chris “attempts” to snowboard, surf, and exercise. A proud husband and father of two children, he is a lifelong resident of the Garden State.

For more information about Maloney or Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at or call 732-547-9886. Visit for more information.
About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Inc.: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown and branches in Elmwood Park, Galloway, Jersey City, Mt. Laurel, Neptune, North Brunswick, Robbinsville, South Orange, and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.


Assemblymen McGuckin & Catalano to Speak at the November 10 Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on November 5, 2020 By

District 10 Assemblymen John Catalano and Greg McGuckin are the featured speakers at Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Charlie’s of Bay Head, 72 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head, N.J. The Assemblymen will discuss business in Ocean County.

This event is open only to Ocean County business leaders, business owners, and employees. Ticket are $30.00 per person and registration is required because seating is limited. All social distancing guidelines will be observed.

For registration and login information, contact Jody Herkloz, Chairwoman of the Ocean ELC, at Attendees who bring a nonperishable donation for FulFill NJ Food Bank will receive a special gift.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Sponsorships are available for $250.00 each event.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers. About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit for more information.

About Assemblyman John Catalano: Assemblyman John Catalano, a Brick Township resident, was born and raised in New Jersey. He serves on the Consumer Affairs, Labor, and Commerce and Economic Development committees in the General Assembly. His ties in the Brick Township community include being owner of Country Store Jewelers, which opened in 1985. Assemblyman Catalano previously served as Councilman in Brick Township in 2014 and was the president of the Brick Township Republican Club from 2013-2019. He has dedicated his time to the community, serving on the Brick Township Planning Board, the Brick Township Small Business Committee, and the Brick Township Historic Preservation Committee. He was also the commissioner of the Brick Township Housing Authority and vice chair for the Brick MUA.

About Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin: Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin grew up in Brick Township where his father served as Mayor in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is a partner in the law firm of Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ulaky, Cherkos & Connors. Assemblyman McGuckin currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. He has served numerous municipalities as Municipal Solicitor, Planning Board Attorney, Zoning Board Attorney and Municipal Prosecutor. In 2003 McGuckin was first elected to the Township Council in Toms River, the eighth largest municipality in New Jersey, where he served as Council President from 2004-2011. He was elected to the General Assembly in November, 2011.


COVID-19 and Employment Law Update – Zoom Nov 12

Posted on October 20, 2020 By

As the 4th quarter unfolds, organizations and HR professionals are faced with a wide range of issues impacting the workplace. “Return to work” has become so much more than three simple words. At the same time, employers continue to grapple with the fallout from the pandemic and the immediate threat of COVID-19 litigation.

COVID-19 and Employment Law Update, a free virtual presentation presented by the law firm of Jackson Lewis, will address a number of pandemic, political, and civil unrest issues that have evolved over the past eight months, and will be hosted by Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Topics include the current state of New Jersey Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and the reopening of workplaces; wage and hour issues impacting the remote work environment; the First Amendment and the New Jersey workplace — Legally and practically managing political and religious expression at work; the legal and practical implications of recent federal executive order regarding training of employees; and attendees’ questions on hot issues impacting current and future workplace matters.

Members should register at; by emailing Christine Higgins at; or call 732-701-7155. Log in details will be sent to registrants. For those who wish to make monetary contributions to Fullfill – Monmouth & Ocean, Hunger Won’t Win Here, JSAHR will match total contributions up to $1,000.

This program is pending 3.0 HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) and 3.0 SHRM PDC (Professional Development Credits) recertification credits. JSAHR is recognized by SHRM to offer PDC.

About the Jackson Lewis Speakers: Luke P. Breslin is an Associate in the Monmouth County offices. He represents employers in workplace law matters in federal and state courts, and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights.
Richard J. Cino is the Office Managing Principal of the Berkeley Heights and Monmouth County offices. He is also co-leader of the Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations practice group.
Bianca M. Olivadoti is an Associate in Berkeley Heights, NJ. She represents both small and large clients, and focuses on all areas of employment litigation.


2020 Business Expo and Conference November 16

Posted on October 19, 2020 By

In spite of hardships everyone is facing with COVID-19, don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business, find employees, and stimulate local economic growth! Sign up now to exhibit, offer a workshop or seminar, and find employees at the JBIZ 2020 Business Expo and Conference hosted by Lakewood Township and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce at the BlueClaws Stadium, First Energy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is scheduled to give opening remarks; and Mark Zelden, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., and the director of the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative will also speak.

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said, “Many businesses, employees, and employers have been severely affected economically by COVID. It is our hope that this Expo will help businesses gather resources to help our economy, foster business, and create employment for everyone in Lakewood and the surrounding communities.”

Duvi Honig, the founder of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber, said, “This is a time when we can all get together to empower each other and become stronger. The townships are standing together help all businesses, and to foster business development, services, and jobs for everyone. We urge all businesses to participate in this Expo to exhibit, become a partner, or be a sponsor.”

We encourage our leading businesses to exhibit and join as corporate sponsors. Anyone who would like to exhibit; offer workshops, presentations, or seminars should contact Esther at or call 732-987-7704 Ext. 104. Visit The Expo will follow all COVID-19 guidelines.

The JBIZ 2020 Expo committee is made up of Senator Robert W. Singer, Deputy Minority Leader; County Commissioner Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services and County Operations; Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce; and Mayors Carmen F. Amato, Berkeley Township; Raymond G. Coles, Lakewood Township; and Maurice (Mo) B. Hill, Toms River.